April 9, 2013
Dark horse pick? You decide.
As a listener, this show encapsulates one of my favorite aspects of the Jauntee: exploration and the unexpected
The show starts with the awesome "prank," if you will, of the band coming onstage and playing along to the house music, only to have the music drift into the ambient layers and drum thuds that precede the lighting-strike urgency of "Let The Drummer Take One."
"Fractal Fuck" follows and its obvious they're feeling it tonight, as this show is laden with open-ended jam vehicles.
The rest of the set showcases what the Jauntee do well, from the buoyant crystalline bliss of "One Too Many" and the airy reggae-stomp of "My Freedom", they even work some bluegrass in with "Stickshifts and Safetybelts" before wrapping up with 2 relatively new songs that are unmistakably Jauntee with "Lunch In Be" and "Flutterby".
Set 2 is where this show takes off... opening with "Space Monkeys", the band expertly moves into uncharted Type II territory and weaves a tapestry of space-funk dance grooves. This version is truly amazing, and showcases all of what this band does well.
Especially critical to their sound is the guitarist's use of pedals; there is lots of delay-soaked reverberating chords that create a soft bed of sorts for the rest of the band to plow through with their funk train.
Its not all light and fluffy, though, as "Space Monkeys" builds to an ecstatic shredding peak, which is followed by the perfectly-placed "Black Bart".
"Black Bart" is one of those songs that really elevates the momentum in a set, from a listening stand-point, and this version is tremendous.
"Astral Turtle Dance" almost serves as a breather of sorts here, even though its a song that can be jammed itself.
"Devil's Haircut" is the other notable highlight from this show, as the band perfectly executes their driving space-funk sound, levitating the groove above the audience as Caton twists his delay-soaked guitar sound into cathartic peak after peak with Scott smashing the ride cymbal for all he's worth. This is great fucking stuff.
The recording is superb here, as well. A+++ job all around. Well done guys. This might take the cake for dark-horse pick from the tour.